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5 Books on Your English Syllabus That Started Off as Fanfiction

Imagine, for a moment, that your favorite 20,000-word NSFW Star Wars fanfic is being taught in actual schools, and actual teachers are analyzing the word choice, and everyone has to read three chapters by Friday. That’s more or less exactly what happened with the following novels.

You see, some fanfics become multi-billion dollar movie franchises. (Looking at you, Fifty Shades of Grey.) Others become enduring literary classics that are so revered and renowned that everyone forgets they started off as drabble. Today we’re going to be talking about the latter, because honestly, not enough people know that Tolkien was fanboy trash just like the rest of us.

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